Director of Public Health
University of Wisconsin Madison
United States

Director of Public Health 

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Faculty
  • Faculty-Full Time
  • Onsite
  • Opening at: May 17 2024 at 15:15 CDT
  • 298738-FA

Job Summary:

As one of the first combined Schools of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), UW SMPH is a leader in the multidisciplinary study of health and healthcare. The aims of implementation science are fully aligned with the missions of UW-Madison, SMPH, and the UW Health delivery system to translate innovation that advances the Wisconsin idea: using "campus resources to meet the challenges of improving health, well-being, and equity in WI and beyond." Implementation science expertise bridges gaps between research and practice to ensure that the promise of scientific discovery is realized by our hospital, clinics, and community. Implementation science as a discipline includes methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings AND evidence-based practices into routine care, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. Implementation science capacity is instrumental for exceptional academic medical centers like ours that aspire to be on the leading edge of innovation and quality.

PhD applicants will be expected to dedicate up to 70% of their time to independent research, teaching and or service responsibilities. 35- 40% of their remaining FTE time will be dedicated to UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad leadership role responsibilities.

The preferred candidate would qualify for appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would have a strong track record of funding and publications in implementation science, a deep knowledge of implementation science research methods with an area of recognized expertise/specialization in implementation science. Preference will be given to candidates experienced in leading extramurally funded research using implementation science methodology at the PI level.


As Director of the Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Launchpad in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), the successful applicant will lead the scientific and programmatic vision for implementation science resources within ICTR. This individual will make connections across ICTR, SMPH, allied health schools and other areas of campus, and build the program, enhancing the university's capacity for implementation science projects. They will also demonstrate the value of implementation science (especially related to Clinical and Translational Sciences) through national presentations and publications.

The successful candidate will lead the UW D&I Launchpad team to coordinate all D&I related activities, including workshops (e.g., annual D&I short course reaching 100+ annually; 50 institutions to date), educational programs, internal and external conferences, seminars, presentations, and meetings, and collaborate with program faculty and leaders to develop content for the academic year. They will engage faculty, students, and staff across UW and partner organizations in UW SMPH's D&I activities and events, including delivering a system for D&I consultations (~400 consults since 2020).

This individual would make connections across ICTR, SMPH, allied health schools and other areas of campus, and build the program, enhancing the university's capacity for implementation science projects. They will also demonstrate the value of implementation science (especially related to Clinical and Translational Sciences) through national presentations and publications.

PhD, nonclinical, faculty will be expected to maintain a research/teaching/clinical portfolio consistent with the UW SMPH tenure track expectations. The preferred candidate will either have experience teaching and working with a diverse population or will welcome a commitment to teaching and working with a diverse population.

The successful applicant will participate in administrative and committee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health. An essential part of these duties will be working in a collegial relationship with other faculty members.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion




The successful applicant will demonstrate exceptional attention to detail; ability to balance multiple, often competing priorities; ability to collaborate on a multidisciplinary team; commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment; excellent communication skills and research leadership experience.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

DECEMBER 01, 2024


ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Fresh off being named Livabilitys best U.S. city to live in for 2022, it is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million.

Madison boasts beautiful scenery and plentiful year-round outdoor activities with its 260 parks, more than 200 miles of trails, 15,000 acres of lakes and 12 beaches. As the home of our state government and the flagship University of Wisconsin campus, its also a hub of education and the arts. And as a city with a large community of young professionals, it offers vibrant restaurant, bar, and live music scenes.

Additionally, Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country. The city is also rich with cultural offerings in the arts. The Overture Center is a state-of-the-art performance center that hosts 700,000 educational and artistic experiences annually, including Broadway tours, and national and international touring artists.

Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands' End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

Getting to Madison is easy. Dane Country Regional airport is a 10-minute drive from campus and offers direct flights to 15 U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Milwaukee can be reached in just over an hour while Chicago is just two hours away, giving travelers access to two international airports and a regional airport that offer direct flights to over 250 destinations combined.

University sponsorship is not available for this position, including transfers of sponsorship. The selected applicant will be responsible for ensuring their continuous eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.

This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with Position Vacancy (Job # 298900); please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the School of Medicine and Public Health to consider candidates with both clinical (MD/DO) tenure-track faculty credentials and non-clinical (PhD only) tenure-track faculty credentials for this position.

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to create your profile. You will be asked to submit an up-to-date CV as well as a letter of interest.

Your letter of interest should address:

*What you hope to bring to your department and the organization related to the implementation science enterprise at UW SMPH.
*How this opportunity could contribute to your career.
*Your vision for advancing UW-Madison's and ICTR's national stature in implementation science.

Additionally, you will be asked to provide the contact information for three (3) professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.

The deadline for assured consideration is June 20, 2024. However, we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed 'Authorization to Release Information' form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of 'misconduct' can be found here:


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Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030)



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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment may require a criminal background check. It may also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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